Atletico Madrid have rejected Manchester United’s opening offer for Kieran Trippier.
United want to sign the former Tottenham star this summer with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said to be eager to strengthen his options at right-back.
Trippier helped Atletico win the Spanish title in May and while Diego Simeone’s side are intent on keeping the player.
The 30-year-old is thought to be keen to return to the north west of England.
The former Burnley defender joined Atletico from Tottenham in 2019 for a fee of around £20m.
According to Mundo Deportivo, United have seen an opening offer of €12m swiftly rejected by the Spanish side, a fee they consider ‘clearly insufficient’.
And Atletico’s current position is that Trippier will only leave if his €40m release clause is met.
Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho is United’s chief transfer target this summer but the club are also looking for competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka at right-back, in addition to a new centre-half.
Formerly on the books of rivals Manchester City as a schoolboy.
Trippier grew up as a United fan and has reportedly already started looking at houses in the area.
Atletico however are determined to hold onto a player who they see as a key member of their squad.